The agency published his “Regional smoking maps” Tuesday.
Notable differences depending on the region. The national agency Public Health France published, Tuesday, January 29, its “regional maps of smoking”, indicates Le Parisien (paid item). Extracts from the 2017 health barometer, the figures show that the proportion of smokers is higher in certain parts of the country.
“Ile-de-France is the region where people smoke the least”, details the newspaper. Indeed, 21.3% of Ile-de-France residents between the ages of 18 and 75 say they smoke daily. Much less than the national average, which is 26,9% (31.9% including occasional smokers). In contrast, the regions with the most daily smokers are Grand-Est (30.1%), Occitanie (30.3%), Hauts-de-France (30.5%) and finally Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (32.2%).
The number of smokers is on the decline
Nationally, 12.2 million people smoke daily. A worrying number while “Tobacco consumption [reste] in our country the leading cause of preventable death ”, specifies the barometer. However, there is a decrease: one million smokers stopped between 2016 and 2017, “In particular because of the rise in prices, but also of the introduction of shocking images on the neutral package which makes the packaging more repulsive”, writing The Parisian.
“The context of tobacco control, marked by an intensification of regulatory and prevention measures, may have contributed to this decline”, Public Health France advance: “In 2016, several large-scale tobacco control measures, whose effectiveness had been shown in other countries, were implemented as part of the National Tobacco Reduction Program (PNRT) 2014-2019.” The barometer cites in particular the new possibility for occupational physicians, dentists, nurses and physiotherapists to prescribe nicotine substitutes.